McPherson College Athletics
The McPherson College baseball team pulled the brooms out of the shed and completed the series sweep over the Missouri Valley Vikings winning game three, 17-7, and then in the finale, held on for an 8-5 victory.
On opening day, the Bulldogs outscored the Vikings 38-6. On Sunday, they kept that trend going, scoring 17 runs on 15 hits, including four that went for extra bases. Trevor Johnson and Marcus McDaniel were both perfect at the dish. McDaniel was 3 for 3 with an RBI, and a pair of runs scored, while Johnson ended up with a 4 for 4 performance that included a pair of doubles that resulted in three RBI. The big hit came off the bat of James Canar, who hit a missile over the wall in straight-a-way center field that drove in three runs for the Bulldogs.
On the bump, the Bulldogs gave the ball to Charles Munns, who was making his first career start in Bulldog uniform. Munns went three and a third, allowing five runs, four of them earned, on five hits. He was two outs shy of factoring into the decision but finished with three strikeouts and two walks. The win ended up going to Will Shaw, who came out of the pen and worked the final three and two-thirds. Shaw had his good stuff striking out seven Vikings and giving away just two walks. He wound up allowing two runs on four hits in picking up his first win of the season.
The Bulldogs came out firing, putting up a crooked number in four of their six at-bats. They got three in the bottom of the first, then put up six in the second and five more in their half of the third. The Vikings finally held the Bulldogs scoreless in the fourth but then gave up another three runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Bulldogs failed to score in the bottom of the sixth, but it was enough as the game ended via the run rule after the Vikings batted in the top of the seventh.
The final game of the series was completely different than the first three. The Bulldogs scored eight runs on 10 hits but did so without the aid of the long ball. Three Bulldogs recorded a pair of hits, including Noah Nelson, Kyle Lux and McDaniel. Three of the Bulldogs’ ten hits went for extra bases. Lux hit two of doubles, and the third came off the bat of McDaniel.
The Bulldogs turned to Trevor Lott, who was making his first collegiate start on the mound. He was strong through the first three innings but ran into a little trouble in the fourth. He got the first out of the inning, but then gave up four runs, which ended his day. The ball then went to Isaiah Vazquez also made his first appearance as a Bulldog. Vazquez worked the next two and two-thirds. He gave up one run on two hits and finished with six strikeouts, picking up the win. At the top of the seventh, the Bulldogs turned to Jarrod Manick, the Bulldogs’ all-time saves leader. Manick faced four Viking hitters, giving up one hit and recording the three outs via a strikeout and earning the save.
All five of the Viking runs came via the homerun starting with a solo shot in the top of the first. At the bottom of the inning, the Viking starter couldn’t find the strike zone, walking four straight, allowing the Bulldogs to tie the game without a hit. The Bulldogs did get a couple of hits in the inning and wound up putting up a five-spot on the scoreboard. The Vikings got three runs in the fourth on another home run and pulled to within one of the Bulldogs.
After a couple of scoreless innings, the Bulldogs finally got back on the board with a single run in the fourth to extend the lead back out to two. MVC pulled back to within one again with another run in the fifth, but the Bulldogs got a run in the fifth and sixth innings to put just enough distance between them and the visitors. Manick came out dealing in the top of the seventh and shut the door to secure the three-run victory and the series sweep.
“It’s nice to get off to a hot start,” Head Coach Bryan Moses said. “I think the DOGS have worked hard and have been awaiting the opening weekend. 51 more games to go and a nationally ranked opponent coming in next weekend.”
As Coach Moses mentioned, his team will get a big test next weekend when they welcome the 24th ranked Concordia University Bulldogs at Bulldog Park. The two Bulldog teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday, both days starting at 12 p.m.